The Town of Bovina, first settled in the 1790s, was created on February 25, 1820 by an act of the state legislature. Plans were well underway to celebrate this anniversary in 2020, but COVID-19 had other ideas. The celebration of this milestone event finally will happen on July 30 and 31, 2022. The venue will be McIntosh’s flat next to the creamery.
Saturday, July 30:
Parade – 10 am
The parade will start at Coulter Brook Road and go through the hamlet to creamery road, where it will end on McIntosh’s flat. The parade route will require the closing of County Route 6 from Coulter Brook Road to Creamery Road in the Bovina Center hamlet from about 9:30 am to the parade’s conclusion around 11 am. We are asking people not to park in the hamlet on the parade route until the parade is finished.
The parade will include floats, antique cars and farm equipment, and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol, finishing with the Lake Delaware Boy’s Camp. The various floats, antique cars and other parade entries will be on display throughout the afternoon on the flat, as will the Bovina Fire Department’s equipment, including the department’s first fire truck from 1949.
Bovina Bicentennial Festival – Noon until 4 pm
The Bovina Bicentennial Festival will take place on the McIntosh Flat, with food vendors, local businesses and organizations offering their products and/or services for sale. Children’s games and demonstrations, including blacksmithing, butter making and spinning, also will take place. Ty’s Tacoria and Pam Guy’s Crossroads Café will be providing food for sale. The Delhi Telephone Company will be providing free wi-fi access for the day.
Parking will be limited during the celebration. From 8 am to noon, parking will not be allowed along the parade route on County Route 6, but visitors are welcome to park behind the church or at the creamery, as directed by parking volunteers and signs. Parking will be allowed on the parade route after the conclusion of the parade. Car-pooling is strongly encouraged. Celebration organizers request that attendees not bring their dogs.
At 2 pm, the Bovina vintage baseball team, the Bovina Dairymen will take on the Fleischmanns’ Mountain Athletics Club on Creamery Field (1396 County Highway 6) in Bovina. More information about the Bovina Dairymen can be found at: Home | Bovina Dairymen Vintage Baseball
Bovina Bicentennial Music Festival – 4:30 to 6:30 pm
An exciting range of musicians from Bovina take the stage for a concert closing the bicentennial’s afternoon festivities. Musicians include Kate Burrascano, College Farm, True, Dan Pelletier, John “Chico” Finn, Laurie McIntosh, the Catskill Music Consort, Dan Finn, Mark Pelletier, Etienne Lytle, and Timothy Harlo Bray. Ira McIntosh will emcee and kick off the music. Don’t miss it!
And if you want more music, Livestock is offering a live concert at 124 Bob Hall Road in Bovina, at 8 pm, with The College Farm as one of the performers.
Sunday, July 31:
Bovina United Presbyterian Church will hold a service at 10:30 am at McIntosh’s Flat. Folding chairs will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own chair.
A community picnic will take place at noon under the tent to wrap up the weekend. You can bring a dish to pass and your own table service. You also are welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer. A birthday cake will be provided. Some children and adult games, including a pie eating contest, tug of war and sack race will be offered to anyone interested in participating.
Contact Bovina Town Historian Ray LaFever at 607-832-4609 or at [email protected].